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Fire destroys apartment complex construction site in San Francisco

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 - 01:23

March 12 - A five-alarm fire obliterates an apartment complex under construction in San Francisco. Nathan Frandino reports.

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A massive fire at this construction site sends smoke billowing over San Francisco. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF JOANNE HAYES-WHITE, SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT, SAYING: "We're told the workers got off around 3:30 or 4, so it had an hour to smolder and burn. When we got on scene, it was in the incipient stages -- not a big fire, but once it got going, it really took off." The five-alarm inferno swallowed the building whole, likely leaving the once-future apartment complex useless. More than 150 firefighters responded. The fire chief says the biggest challenge was stopping the fire from spreading to nearby buildings. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF JOANNE HAYES-WHITE, SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT, SAYING: "There's housing right here that's under construction. That was threatened at one point. But we applied what we called are water curtains to kind of cool the buildings that are close by. Because with the radiant heat and the intensity of the flames, these buildings are vulnerable, just like the buildings across the street." As the firefight raged into the late afternoon, local residents stood by, waiting for updates. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DAWN PINCHASIK, LOCAL RESIDENT, SAYING: "They were just advising residents to keep their windows closed. They were going to keep us posted if anything changes, but as of now it was okay to come home." There were no serious injuries reported and the cause remains unknown.

Fire destroys apartment complex construction site in San Francisco

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 - 01:23

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